British Columbia Sets Another One-Day Record With 165 New COVID-19 Cases


With the school year barely underway and a possible provincial election on the horizon, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in British Columbia on Thursday has moved decisively in the wrong direction.Health officials reported 165 new cases of the disease in another one-day record. The previous record of 139 had been set a week earlier.

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The rise took the province to 1,705 active cases – also a new record.

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Provincial health worker Dr Bonnie Henry also reported one new death, bringing British Columbia’s total to 210.

An additional 2,949 people were reported to be isolated due to potential exposure.

Henry noted that several cases had been reported in schools in British Columbia, “as expected”, but no “outbreak” had been recorded in schools.

She said the province has also developed a new “made in British Columbia” test for young people that no longer involves a nasal swab.

“It’s a new saline gargle… you spin it around a bit and then spit it out into a little tube,” she said. “It’s an easier way to collect it for young people.”

The test will be available at COVID-19 assessment centers and can be administered by parents rather than health workers, she added.

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The only positive aspect of Thursday’s statistics was a slight decrease in hospital cases, with 57 patients compared to 60 to 22 in intensive or critical care.

However, the province has reported two new health care-related outbreaks, one at Delta Hospital and one at Peace Arch Hospital.

Almost 75% of the 7,663 cases in British Columbia have recovered.

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